Evan Rachel Wood

Wood in 2011, image by DFree/bigstock

Place of Birth: Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 7, 1987

Ethnicity: English, Irish, Scottish, German

Evan Rachel Wood is an American actress, model, and musician.

She is the daughter of playwright and actor Ira David Wood III and actress Sara Lynn Moore. Her brother is actor Ira David Wood IV. Evan has a son with her former husband, English actor Jamie Bell.

Evan’s ancestry includes English, Irish, Scottish, and German.

Evan’s father is Christian. Evan’s mother, who was raised in a Christian family, converted to Judaism during her own high school years. (a picture of Evan’s mother in her school year book can be seen here). Evan’s stepfather is also Jewish. On the audio commentary on the Thirteen (2003) DVD, Evan described herself as Jewish. In 2012, Evan stated, “I believe in God but I am not religious.” In 2013, Evan stated, “[I was raised] half Jewish and half Christian. but today I practice neither. I am more spiritual than religious.” She has also said, “My mother is Jewish and I was raised with the religion…”

Evan’s paternal grandfather was Ira David Wood, Jr. (the son of Ira David Wood and Lucy Della Savage). Evan’s grandfather Ira was born in North Carolina. Evan’s great-grandfather Ira was the son of Joseph Daniel Wood and Ethalinda Elizabeth Holt. Lucy was the daughter of William Henry Savage and Margaret Ellen Merritt.

Evan’s paternal grandmother was Bettie Lee Winstead (the daughter of William Herbert Winstead and Addie Ellis Dew). Bettie was born in North Carolina. William was the son of John Eugene/Lugeness Winstead and Lucy Viola E. Lee/Leigh. Addie was the daughter of George Jefferson Dew and Lucy Ellis Perry.

Evan’s maternal grandfather is Richard Alan/Alen Moore (the son of Ira Mack “Denny” Moore and Helen Adoline Fakes). Richard was born in Missouri, and is a prominent landscape architect. Ira was the son of Solomon Festus Moore and Nora Louise McCloud/McLeod. Helen was the daughter of Baron DeCalb Fakes and Rosa Lee Snow.

Evan’s maternal grandmother is Patricia Ruth Burke (the daughter of William Francis Burke and Louise Philippine Hartmann/Hartman). Patricia was born in Missouri. William was the son of Robert Fletcher Burke, who was Irish, and of Hester A. Woody. Louise was of German descent, the daughter of Wilhelm/William Frederich Hartmann/Hartman, who was German, and of Louise Caroline Wissler, who was born in Missouri, to German parents.

Evan’s paternal grandmother’s surname, Winstead, is shared by actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who is also from North Carolina. While Evan and Mary Elizabeth likely have a common Winstead ancestor, this shared connection is distant, in or before the mid 1700s.

Sources: Article about Evan’s religious upbringing – http://www.interfaithfamily.com

Genealogy of Evan Rachel Wood – https://www.geni.com

Genealogy of Evan Rachel Wood (focusing on her father’s side) – http://familypedia.wikia.com

Evan’s paternal grandfather, Ira David Wood, Jr., on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Obituary of Evan’s paternal grandmother, Bettie Lee (Winstead) Wood – http://www.legacy.com

Genealogy of Evan’s maternal great-grandmother, Louise Philippine Hartmann/Hartman – https://www.geni.com


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14 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    Evan Rachel and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are 7th cousins, once removed. They both descend from Samuel Winstead, Jr and Winefred Vanlandingham.

    “Vanlandingham” line starts with Michael Vanlandingham, a Belgian (Flemish) immigrant to Virginia in the 1600s

    • follers says:

      Given the birth dates involved, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Evan Rachel Wood are obviously not both descended from Winefred Vanlandingham. Whether they both descend from Winefred’s husband I’m less clear on. And that Hagaman family is almost certainly Dutch.

      • andrew says:

        So, do you know who are their latest (certain) shared ancestors?

        About Tommy Lee Jones’ Hagaman line, I will check it later (Taylor Lautner has that surname in his family tree if I’m right)

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